mono·​coque | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkōk How to pronounce monocoque (audio) , -ˌkäk \

Definition of monocoque

1 : a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses
2 : a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis — compare space frame, unibody

Examples of monocoque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Safety will be key, and Senna says the drones will use a motorsport-style monocoque chassis to keep pilots protected in an accident. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 At the heart of its carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is a fully electric powertrain just like the one featured in the Techeetha Formula E racer. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2022 Its monocoque and bodywork are carbon fiber, as are the subframes, to which the aluminum control-arm suspension at each corner is mounted. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 5 Nov. 2021 Harking back to Murray’s career as a Formula One designer, the T.33 is built around a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque that, in part, goes towards the car weighing some 300kg less than the average supercar. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 And in a nod to the growing popularity of virtual racing, the Mission R’s monocoque doubles as an e-sports simulator. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 7 Sep. 2021 The commemorative iteration, featuring a monocoque chassis and body panels that are all carbon fiber, stays true to the original’s internal-combustion ethos with a V-12 engine. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 13 Aug. 2021 The car will be constructed around a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque and a 90.0-kWh battery, which the company claims will provide 249 miles of range according to the European WLTP methodology. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 30 June 2021 The carbon-fiber monocoque has been strengthened to meet the standards of the FIA's hypercar race class without using a separate roll cage. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monocoque

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monocoque

French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon

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“Monocoque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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